How You Can Address Mental Health Issues at Work

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Last month was Mental Health Month, and it got me thinking about how important mental illness awareness is all year.
Not only during the month of May, but every month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) works tirelessly to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for equal care.
At CPI, we support NAMI’s efforts to build better lives for the millions of Americans who are affected by mental illness. And if you’re reading this post, I bet you do too.
Like so many of us, you may have a family member who struggles with mental illness. Maybe you have a coworker, a friend, a customer, or a client who lives with mental illness. If you do, NAMI tells us that we can help people with mental illness live stigma free by:
  • Using respectful language
  • Challenging misconceptions
  • Seeing the person, not the condition
  • Offering support

To help you do that in your work, we offer the Challenged by Mental Illness at Work Topic Module, a training program for raising employee awareness about and increasing sensitivity toward the issue of mental illness.
The training helps participants build practical strategies for managing many different types of problematic behavior at work. It presents CPI’s Four Priorities of Mental Health Crisis Response Procedures, and empowers participants to:
  • Explore assumptions and beliefs about mental illness.
  • Describe CPI’s working definition of mental illness and related terminology.
  • Discuss realities and myths about people living with mental illness.
  • Intervene in problem situations.
  • Refer individuals who may be experiencing a potential mental health crisis to appropriate resources.

To find out more . . .
Watch this free webinar for strategies on addressing mental health issues in your workplace. Also please share the webinar with your friends, family, and coworkers. Together we can reduce stigma, debunk myths, and give people with mental illness the support they need.
If you’re a CPI Certified Instructor . . .
You can teach the Topic Module to staff at your organization. To learn more, watch this Instructor-specific webinar.
Now I pass it over to you. What are you doing to raise awareness, stop stigma, and address concerns? Please share in the comments.
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